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National Stalking Awareness Month – Stalking And Domestic Violence

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Stalking and Domestic Violence are often co-occurring. If an abuser follows, tracks, excessively contacts, threatens, and/or otherwise scares their intimate partner, it is domestic violence AND stalking.

Stalking can happen before, during, and/or after a domestic violence relationship. The average duration of intimate partner stalking is 2 years.

What can be done if stalking is identified?

  • Take it seriously – stalking is correlated with violent physical behavior.
  • Encourage the victim to talk to – an advocate, law enforcement, or another professional that can help.
  • Suggest that the victim thinks about how to stay safe in different settings or situations, e.g., at home or away, with or without children.
  • Encourage the victim to keep records of the stalker’s activities.

Any safety plan should validate and support victims without blaming them or holding them responsible.

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers 24/7 chat and phone services if you want to talk to an advocate about what you’ve experienced, get more information about local resources and services providers, and explore safety-planning options if you’re in an unsafe situation. You can also read more about their stalking safety planning tips.

If you are experiencing stalking or would like more information, please see the resources below:

Campus Resources
Title IX Coordinator 901.448.2112
UTHSC Campus Police Department 901.448.4444

Counseling support and assistance is available:
Students: SASSI – 901.448.5056 After hours: 901.690.2273
Employees: 855.437.3486 available 24 hours a day